Poodle Breed Information

Poodles have cute, curly hair, with a playful personality, and although they are normally not high strung, they do prefer to be pampered and make a great little lap dog. 
Poodle are also known as the most intelligent breed in the world. They understand language far better than most other breeds. 
Some dog trainers say that they seem to read your mind because they are so good at picking up body language. They observe your daily routine and easily pick up items you pick up or put away that let them know what will take place at that time.

For example: If your routine coming in the door from work or school is putting down your keys and going to the closet to hang or retrieve your coat before you take them out for a walk,
you may find them waiting at the door the minute your keys hit the table or key hook.
They can easily be taught to retrieve their leash or sound a bell when ready to go outside.

The Poodle has also been a favorite of Toy Breeds because they are so loyal and easy to train. 
Poodles are a favorite of all Circus trainers because they can be taught the most difficult tasks. They are not easily distracted by things going on around them such as the audience and keep their focus on the trainer. Always eager to please and enjoy a treat in return.
They also have a great sense of humor, and just enjoy life. 

This is a noble looking dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. They move with a graceful and prancing gait.

They come in a variety of colors. Blues, grays, silvers, browns, café-au-laits, apricots and creams can be varying shades within the coat, for example, darker feathering on the ears and tipping on the ruff. The color can fade on all coats (apart from the whites) on reaching the age of 4 to 5.

Category Size: Tiny

Coat Length: Medium/Long

Getting along with the kids, the cat, and the guinea pig is no problem for the poodle. Lively and affectionate, they make wonderful companion dogs. The Toy will adapt to life in more confined quarters as long as they get adequate exercise. They can be good guard dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods, have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility. Children should be trained to handle these small, delicate dogs carefully though.

The Poodle is an extremely intelligent and eager to please dog, thus he is inordinately easy to train. As a result, the Poodle has a history of performance, appearing in circus and street acts for hundreds of years. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods, have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility.

Energy: Medium

Tendency To Bark: Medium

Overall Exercise Requirement:  
This is a fairly active breed that likes to get out on walks and particularly enjoys games. It is a good idea to enroll a poodle in some sort of activity so that the mind is stimulated along with the body. Poodles can do well in obedience, agility and most dog sports.

Suitability for Personal Protection: Low

Suitability as a Guard Dog: Medium

Suitability for Children: Medium

Ease of Transportation: High

Level of Distress caused if left alone: Medium

Level of aggression: Low

Breeding & ownership: 
Very small dogs should be fed twice a day to prevent hypoglycemia. Biscuits are good for helping keep their teeth a bit cleaner and healthier.

Food Cost: Affordable

Grooming & Showing:
Poodles do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice. The poodle's ears need frequent cleaning or they will become infected and, especially in the smaller poodles, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis.

Brushing & Grooming Requirements:  Once a week

Trimming required: Occasional

Tendency to shed hair: None

Show characteristics: 
The Poodle standard asks for a moderately rounded skull with a slight but definite stop. The cheeks are flat and the muzzle is long and fine with slight chiseling under the eyes. The muzzle should show the strength of the retriever but still have an aristocratic outline. The teeth should be set in a scissor bite. Oval, wide set eyes must be dark and full of intelligence. The ears are set low on the skull and hang close to the head. The earflap is long, rather wide and well-feathered. A proud dog with a haughty head carriage, the poodle needs a long, strong neck, with a smooth deep throat. Muscular shoulders slope back from their point of angulation at the upper foreleg. Well-sprung ribs support a deep and moderately wide chest. The back is short and slightly hollow, fitting with a short, well-muscled loin area. A gaily carried tail, set high, is docked to be in proportion with the body. The forelegs are straight from the shoulder and should be parallel, with strong pasterns (ankles.) The hindquarters must be very muscular with well bent stifles and hocks well let down. Facing forward, the small feet should be oval, with well-arched, close toes. The pads should be thick and hard. These physical characteristics enable the poodle to have a good springy trot, with legs moving parallel to each other. Both the head and tail should be held high. A distinctive feature of the poodle, the coat, should be very profuse, dense and have a harsh, tightly curled texture. Browns and café-au-laits will have liver noses, liver eye rims and lips, dark toenails and amber eyes. Other colors should have black noses, eye rims and lips, black or self colored nails and very dark eyes.

Breed classification:
The Toy Poodle belongs to the Non-Sporting group (although a toy breed and shown in the Toy group in the USA). They are used as companions and seen in the show-ring.

This size of poodle was known to exist at least 500 years ago. During the 17th and 18th centuries the poodle became a favorite with the nobility. They wanted dogs smaller than the Miniature variety and so the Toy Poodle was developed. Today the Toy Poodle is exclusively a companion and show dog.